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Salim–Sulaiman at the inaugural press meet of MTV's Super Fight League season 2
Salim–Sulaiman at the inaugural press meet of MTV's Super Fight League season 2
Background information
OriginMumbai, India
Occupation(s)score composer, music director
Years active1993–present
Associated actsKOKO

Salim–Sulaiman is an Indian score composer duo consisting of siblings Salim Merchant and Sulaiman Merchant. The duo compose music predominantly for Hindi films.

Life and early career[edit]

Salim–Sulaiman's ancestral town is Mundra, Kutch, Gujarat.[1] They were born in Mumbai.[1] Salim Merchant was born on 3 March 1974 and Sulaiman Merchant was born on 21 December 1970.[2] They were inspired by their father Sadruddin Merchant, who used to lead Ismaili Scouts Orchestra in India.[3] Steeped in a family tradition of music as the sons of composer and veteran of the film industry Sadruddin Merchant, Salim mastered the piano on at the Trinity College of Music in London while Sulaiman took up tabla training with such legends as Taufiq Qureshi and Ustad Zakir Hussain.[4] Six years after their first music composition for a Bollywood film, they received acclaim for the film score of Bhoot.

Salim and Sulaiman have been composing music for over a decade having scored for movies such as Neal 'n' Nikki, Chak De! India, Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Fashion. The duo had also composed for many Indi-pop performers including Viva, Aasmaan, Shweta Shetty, Jasmine and Style Bhai among others, composed and produced several TV commercials and collaborated with artistes such as Ustad Zakir Hussain and Ustad Sultan Khan. After that, they have gone to do movies with well-known producers and directors like Yash Chopra, Subhash Ghai and Ram Gopal Varma. They were predominantly composing background scores for movies, until the Karan Johar-Shah Rukh Khan production Kaal, for which their song compositions received acclaim.

Salim Merchant was one of the three judges for the Fifth season of Indian Idol on Sony Entertainment Television (India) .[5]

They have worked on a Bollywood remix for Lady Gaga's songs Born This Way and Judas.[6][7] They also worked on I'm A Freak By Enrique. The duo are also composing music for the Hollywood film Sold, produced by Academy Award winner Jeffrey D. Brown.[8]

2010 FIFA World Cup[edit]

The musical duo collaborated with South African singer Loyiso Bala and Kenyan singer and songwriter Eric Wainaina to record the anthem for 2010 FIFA World Cup. The anthem is the song "Africa – You're A Star".[9][4]

Indian Idol[edit]

Salim Merchant was a judge along with Anu Malik and Sunidhi Chauhan in season 5 and season 6 of Indian Idol. Salim has judged the second season of Indian Idol Junior along with Vishal Dadlani and Sonakshi Sinha.

He was one among the four judges with Coach Shaan, Coach Benny, and Coach Neeti in the second season of The Voice India


Award Year Result Awarded for Nominated work
Mirchi Music Awards 2013 Won Indie Pop Song of the Year Cheene Re Mora Chain
Mirchi Music Awards 2014 Nominated Chulein Aasman
Filmfare Awards 2007 Won Filmfare Award for Best Background Score Krrish
Apsara Awards 2007 Nominated Apsara Award for Best Music Director Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi
IIFA Awards 2005 Won IIFA Best Background Score Award Mujhse Shaadi Karogi
Star Screen Awards 2003 Won Star Screen Award for Best Background Score Bhoot
Star Screen Awards 2004 Won Star Screen Award for Best Background Score Dhoom
Zee Cine Awards 2005 Won Zee Cine Award for Best Background Score Ab Tak Chhappan
Daytime Emmy Awards 2009 Nominated Daytime Emmy Award For Outstanding Original Song in a Children's Series Wonder Pets[10]
Syracuse International Film Festival Awards 2008 Won Best Music Director Fashion
FHM (magazine) awards 2007 Won Best Dressed Music Composers
Filmfare Award for Best Male Playback Singer 2010 Nominated Best Singer for Shukran Allah with Sonu Nigam Kurbaan

Filmography as composers[edit]

For songs[edit]

For background score[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Salim - Sulaiman".
  2. ^ "Har Ghar Kucch Kehta Hai" - Episode 6 - 30 December 2013
  3. ^ "The Ismaili: Scoring the sounds of Bollywood". Retrieved 11 May 2011.
  4. ^ a b "It's merchant magic".
  5. ^ "The Rise of Salim-Sulaiman". Passion For Cinema. Retrieved 9 October 2010.
  6. ^ "Lady Gaga Goes Desi With Salim-Sulaiman Merchant". 13 April 2011.
  7. ^ "I was never a crazy fan of Gaga: Salim". The Times of India. 17 April 2011.
  8. ^ "Salim-Sulaiman compose for Hollywood film".
  9. ^ "Salim Sulaiman to perform at FIFA world cup".
  10. ^ "Salim-Sulaiman nominated for Emmy". The Times of India. 22 May 2009.

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